Delhi’s Odd-Even days are back, and while the residents are busy adjusting schedules and figuring out alternate modes of transport, the city’s transport minister Gopal Rai has come up with a rather bizarre suggestion to work their way around it.
Facing questions as to how would the parents pick up their children from schools because men driving cars alone can’t flout the odd-even rule, the minister has appealed to people to use bikes or any two-wheeler as a “solution”, The Times of India reported.
This problem is unique to odd-even 2.0 because schools were shut during the experiment in January. Earlier, the AAP government ruling Delhi mentioned that cars with children in school uniforms would be exempt from the odd-even rule. However, when asked about cars on the way to pick up schoolchildren, Kejriwal had no ready answer.
Thats a real problem. Looking for a solution. Pl suggest if anyone has any ideas. https://t.co/zJilAFGaR0— Arvind Kejriwal (@ArvindKejriwal) April 7, 2016
brilliant aap odd even move. cars carrying school kids exempt, & how do parents get back, or then return to pick up kids?— Hartosh Singh Bal (@HartoshSinghBal) April 7, 2016
And now this.
Gopal Rai tod TOI, “I urge parents to either carpool or utilise their bikes to drop and pick up children from school.”
Two-wheelers are exempt from odd-even rules along with CNG vehicles, women drivers and VIPs.
The statement did not go down with people who called out Rai and the Delhi government for the suggestion:
Some said two-wheelers are not safe for kids
Seriously!!? Not only bikes are very unsafe for kids, they also cause much more pollution than even cars do!!! In… https://t.co/W4DiX1D66R— Pappu-G (@PappuGsays) April 17, 2016
odd even idiocy: use bikes to ferry kids to school. why exempt cars with schoolkids? why announce ideas w/o sense https://t.co/ZxfKwzsFJX— Hartosh Singh Bal (@HartoshSinghBal) April 17, 2016
Some wondered if the Delhi minister thought everyone had bikes
#oddeven should be implemented only as an emergency & not randomly. Bizzare #risky suggestion to ferry school kids on bikes #OddEvenDobara— Lavina Kharkwal (@highonwines) April 17, 2016
Delhi transport minister thinks all dilliwalas are wella free ppl and all have bikes to ferry kids to school ..— ❅ Keep Smiling (@upma23) April 17, 2016
Two-wheelers in this heat?
@htdelhi @s_navroop Delhi will be 40 deg in afternoon.Expecting children to ride on bikes ! funny— RT (@RajivTandon30) April 17, 2016
Honey @AapKaGopalRai just shrunk the #SchoolBus #OddEvenNautanki #Rotten #Rhapsody of #Relegates #Lag #Leadership https://t.co/2645BAW4PQ— Dr. Sanjay Prakash S (@DrSanjayPSahoo) April 17, 2016
@ZeeNews @abpnewstv @TimesNow Gopal Rai has completely lost it “use bikes durin odd even to ferry kids.kids have heat stroke in hot weather— Rajat Seth (@rajatseth1984) April 17, 2016
Why not iron out the basics before implementing the rule?
@NewsX Half-baked ideas conceived in AC rooms, for those who hv to brave d heat!— RD (@DharRenuka) April 17, 2016
@timesofindia #Delhi really! What logic..and what happens if the family doesnt own a motorbike??what next?— Savvy (@thisnthatart) April 17, 2016